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hope/like to have pp

Postby Cosmos » Mon Oct 18, 2004 9:53 am

Hello, teacher!

Would you please tell me if these all have the same meaning? #2 and #4 look strange to me. Are they correct?

1. I hoped to say hello to you, but you were already gone.
2. I hope to have said hello to you, but you were already gone.
3. I would have liked to say hello to you, but you were already gone.
4. I would like to have said hello to you, but you were already gone.

Thank you very much.
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Postby Alan » Tue Oct 19, 2004 12:19 pm

All fine (and essentially identical in meaning) except #2, which is grammatical but absurd.
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